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April Designated as National Pest Management Month

The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent infestations
FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. National Pest Management Month honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

“The NPMA is pleased to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the important work that pest professionals do every day during National Pest Management Month,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “In honor of National Pest Management Month, the NPMA is dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties.”

Pest such as termites, rodents and carpenter ants can cause extensive property damage by chewing through walls, flooring and even electrical wiring. Other pests, including ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks, while stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.

During April, the NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations:

Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.

Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.

Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.

Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage frequently.

Keep all food containers sealed.

Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.

Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and outdoors.

Screen windows and doors.

If you see signs of pests or suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.


Getting Dirty with Bathtraps

As I was performing a termite inspection for Enrique Behrens of INQUEST Home Inspections, I wondered what to blog about next.

  Enrique Behrens, owner of INQUEST Home Inspections doing what he does best…Inspecting!

Enrique informed me that he had already opened up the bathtraps and they were ready for our termite inspection.

BATH TRAPS, now there’s something to blog about…here we go!

One of the areas that some pest control technicians forget to treat on their customers first pest service is the bathtrap area (if accessable). The bathtrap is where a “squarish” hole was cut so that the plumber can have access to the plumbing pipes that supply water to your tub.

These water pipes usually come up through the (concrete/wood) floor via a hole. If the hole is in concrete, the hole is sometimes pretty large and usually sealed with a hard black “tar-ish” substance or concrete. Sometimes there is not any type of sealant, leaving just bare dirt below your tub. Not good.

If the hole is in wood floor, the water pipes access is usually smaller but not sealed. This is not good either because everything from an ant to a oppossum can be under your tub!

What is so important about the open area for plumbing pipes to be sealed?

Pest can harbourage under the tub, such as cockroaches, ants, springtails, spiders and rodents to name a few. But the big name that you really need to worry about is “TERMITES”.

leaving the ground “unsealed”  in your bathtrap is a recipe for disaster! It is a very important area that that needs attention when treating for either household pest or termites.

Just where is that darn hole in the wall located anyway? Easy, just go to your bathroom and notice which side of the tub that your bath faucet is located, the hole will be located on the opposite side of the wall.  I have seen the bathtrap  in bedrooms, front rooms, kitchens and hallways…they can just about be anywhere.

This bathtrap was located in a bedroom, while the other bathtrap of this house was located a closet on the other side of the house.

Here is a close up of that bathtrap, notice the hole in the concrete for the plumbing  pipes. this one was sealed with the hard black “tarry”  sealant.

Just look at all that hiding space under the tub…whats under your tub?

Some people want a pest inspection but did you know that most people need a pest inspection.

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Orkin Bugged By Lawsuits

Termite Company Facing Four Class Action Suits For Shabby Work

Elizabeth Allen shows Mark Strassmann.Elizabeth Allen has a name for her Florida home.
“The termite buffet,” she says. “They’ve been in my front entry way. They’ve been in my dining room. They’ve come up in swarms.”

Mark Strassmann talks to a woman who says the shoddy service she got from pest control giant Orkin to control a termite problem turned out to be more annoying than the bugs.

But what really eats at Allen, CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, is her termite company. She hired the “Orkin Man.” For six years, she says, Orkin improperly treated her home, botched repairs and hid superhighways of termite damage. She now estimates that sixty percent of her house had had some kid of termite damage.

“I think you hire Orkin to protect your home and all of a sudden one day you realize you have to protect yourself from Orkin,” said Allen.

Even Orkin’s internal audit — in documents obtained by CBS News – showed a company wide failure rate of 45 percent for all initial termite treatments; and a 54 percent failure rate in the Southeast, the so-called “termite belt.”

The company is now fighting four class action suits from the likes of Elizabeth Allen.

“They are engaged on an ongoing basis of defrauding homeowners who stand to lose the most important investment of their life,” said Allen’s attorney, Chris Searcy.

But if complaining customers often get nowhere, Wayne Cowart says he knows why. He’s a plaintiff’s termite consultant, and a former Orkin executive who oversaw all the company’s damage claims. He says Orkin used its financial and legal might to discourage those complainers.

“It’s like the bulldog fighting the skunk,” Cowart says. “You may win, but it’s just not worth it. And pest control companies know that. … It’s an epidemic within the industry. It’s absolutely epidemic.”

Mythical Bed Bug2 287x300 Bed Bug Treatment: Not a Do It Yourself ProjectOrkin has another side to the story.

“The heart of our business is to protect people’s homes,” the company said in a statement, adding that termite claims make up less than one percent of its customers each year, and 98 percent of those claims are resolved to the customer’s satisfaction.

But for their damage, Collier and Peggie Black were awarded $3 million from Orkin in arbitration.

“We don’t feel like we beat Orkin. We survived Okin,” said Collier Black.

Now Elizabeth Allen’s bedroom may not survive. Wood taken from the walls crumbles from the tunnels made by termites.

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